Political Notebook
Isakson, Chambliss author border security amendment

Georgia's U.S. senators are hoping the third time will be the charm in their pursuits of asking President George W. Bush for more funding for border security.

The Capitol's upper chamber passed an amendment to a homeland security funding bill authored by Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. In the amendment, which was accepted unanimously, senators asked Bush to submit an emergency supplemental spending bill to fund border security, an issue that caused the senators to balk at Bush's immigration amnesty proposal earlier this year.

"It is clear we have a crisis in confidence among the American people over our commitment to secure the border," Isakson said. "I would submit that the American people would tell you there's no greater emergency right now than securing our border, and I'm pleased my colleagues supported sending the message to the president that an emergency spending bill for border security would go a long way toward restoring credibility to our immigration system."

The addition, which was named the "Sense of the Senate" amendment, said securing the borders would serve as a starting point to immigration reform.

"This sends a strong message that border security must come first," Chambliss said. "It is a national security emergency that must be funded immediately and I am pleased our amendment was approved."

The Georgia senators have sent two letters to the president emphasizing that border security must be de-coupled from other immigration reform measures.

Additionally, Isakson and Chambliss told the president during a meeting with other senators on Capitol Hill that emergency supplemental funds to secure the border will go a long way towards restoring the confidence of the American people in the federal government's commitment to border security.

Rosser campaign

complaint dismissed

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint filed in the midst of last summer's hotly contested Gwinnett County Commission District 4 Republican primary.

But commissioners did ask the agency's staff to work with Jodie Rosser's lawyer to fill in additional details on four of her campaign finance reports.

Rosser narrowly lost a bid to unseat Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, coming up short to the incumbent in a runoff. Kenerly then went on to win a fourth term in the general election last November.

In June 2006, when the primary contest was being waged hot and heavy, Kenerly filed a complaint charging Rosser with accepting campaign contributions before filing papers with the Gwinnett elections office, declaring her intent to run for the commission seat.

On Thursday, Rosser's lawyer, Jonathan Weintraub, told the commission she filed her paperwork with the State Ethics Commission instead of the local office, which is permitted by law.

While commissioners unanimously dismissed the complaint, the staff investigation of Kenerly's charges turned up inadequate information in Rosser's campaign finance reports on the occupations and employers of many of her contributors.

Weintraub said Rosser asked for those details but didn't hear back from the donors involved.

The commission asked the lawyer to work with the staff on supplying the additional information.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.